Valentine's Day Idea #4 - Swingin' Red Earrings
Today I've made a pair of earrings with the following Rings & Things blog partner package items:
4 - 6mm ruby faceted round glass beads
2 -10x6mm faceted puff coins (the listing given here is Siam, but the ones I got seem to match the ruby color of the beads above)
Plus (from my own stash):
6 sterling 2" ball end head pins (I suggest the longer ones because that's what I used to make the ear wires, but you could use the 1" size instead for connecting the round beads)
8" inches of silver chain (I used chain from my bulk spool of silver plated curb chain)
4 small silver bead caps (those aren't the ones I used, but would make a cute substitute)
Some 21 gauge non-tarnish silver Artistic Wire (or other silver colored wire you might have in a 21 gauge size) for the double wrapped loops on the puffed coin beads
I then made another wrapped loop at the top of the puffed coin bead to attach to the ear wire. Since I didn't have any simple ear wires handy, I made them myself from the longer sized ball end headpin. (I've embedded a tutorial from Art Jewelry Magazine towards the end of the post to show how you can do this - I didn't do the hammering part, though)
Here's a close-up shot of the faceting on those round beads - they really reflect the light.
I didn't have enough of the round beads handy to make earrings with more than two chains, but I think having 3 or 4 chains per earring would be a great alternative. Mixing up two kinds of chain, or using chain with a fancy texture, is another way to improve upon the basic idea, but my goal right now is to use what I have, and I've got a whole spool of the curb chain!
I'll have more Valentine's Day ideas again next week - tomorrow Supplier Sales Saturday will be back and Weekly Wanderings will be back on Sunday.
Have a great Friday!
FTC compliance notice of material connection: The faceted glass beads, as noted above, were provided to me for free, to be used for design purposes, or for a statement of my honest opinion of them, by Rings & Things.